Anatomy of a Madison County (Illinois) Class Action: A Study of Pathology
Publication Date: August 2002
Author(s): Lester Brickman
Keywords: Schuppert v. Down; abusive settlement; Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole; class action
Coverage: Illinois United States
The Manhattan Institute released today a case study by Professor Lester Brickman of Cardozo Law School on how class action litigation in state courts allows attorneys to profit at the expense of their clients. Professor Brickman shows how the law firm of Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole ('Ness Motley') struck a settlement agreement with a convicted felon for a $2 million dollar attorneys' fee and woefully failed to protect the interests of its clients--hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans.